India looks to Africa afresh for strategic oil

New Delhi, Jan 19 : Energy-starved India, which imports around 75 percent of its crude oil needs, is looking afresh at Africa to tap the continent’s vast and yet unexplored hydrocarbon assets, for both exploration and production, as also long-term contracts, official sources said. This will be the main agenda when India hosts fourth India-Africa […]

‘Pathankot can happen again, talking to Pakistan an exercise in futility’

New Delhi, Jan 19 : Is there any point in talking to Pakistan? Can Pakistan change its policy of using terror as an instrument of coercion? Will Pakistani generals allow the civilian government to take any strategic foreign policy decision regarding India? Can India ever exercise counter-coercion options, options that hurt the Pakistani state structure? […]

‘India has less than 60 days to link Azhar with Pathankot attack’

Islamabad, Jan 19 : India has now less than 60 days to provide concrete evidence linking Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar with the January 2 Pathankot Air Force base attack, an expert in international law has said. Azhar is under custody in Islamabad. If India does not provide concrete evidence, he will be released […]

Saudi-Iran row: Nawaz Sharif arrives in Tehran

Islamabad, Jan 19 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to meet Iranian leadership, as part of efforts to defuse rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Nawaz Sharif and Raheel will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and call on Iranian grand spiritual leader Ayatollah […]

Unprecedented security, cleanliness to greet Hollande in Chandigarh

By Jaideep Sarin Chandigarh, Jan 19 : Chandigarh’s French connection at the highest level will see the city in the midst of unprecedented security cover and cleanliness – at least in the areas that French President Francois Hollande will visit – during his day trip to the city Sunday. He had expressed his desire to […]

Pakistan, India need to keep windows ajar: Daily

Islamabad, Jan 19 : Pakistan and India must keep the windows ajar with the foreign secretaries meeting this month as per a new schedule so that “peace can win over terrorism”, a Pakistani daily said on Tuesday. An editorial in The News International said that it was a “well-established reality that there are elements on […]